Image submitted 2008 of boat en route to Barbados
Hydro and telephone workers join residents and curious onlookers yesterday as the Aurora, a $3-million yacht destined for Barbados, is transported from Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas along Sunset Drive (Highway 4) through the village of Union to Port Stanley, where it will be launched. Crews were kept busy dismantling overhead cables so the 75-tonne boat could pass through. (Susan Bradnam, Sun Media)
Big Yacht Makes Its Maiden Voyage
Fri, August 17, 2007
The 75-tonne boat, made in St. Thomas, will be used for dinner cruises when it finally reaches Barbados.
By VERA OVANIN, SUN MEDIA
UNION — It meant the power was switched off for a few hours on a hot day, but no one seemed to mind. Because how often do you get to see a $3-million, 75-tonne yacht sail right through the heart of the farmbelt — on land? That was all the buzz here yesterday as the behemoth boat — named Aurora — was transported by road from St. Thomas to Port Stanley, where it will be launched after some finishing touches and set sail to Barbados. It took nearly 40 Hydro One trucks and seven police cruisers to cut the five-metre-high overhead hydro wires to allow the 10-metre tall yacht through — and that’s not counting Bell and Rogers Cable trucks. “All the wires are made for normal traffic. Some we’ll just pull up higher, but most we’ll have to cut down,” said Hydro One’s Bill McConnell.
So who owns the CAD3 million yacht and will it drive the Harbour Master out 0f business?